Northern Ireland

PSNI investigate explosion in east Belfast

Fraser Pass in east Belfast Image copyright Press Eye
Image caption No-one was injured in the incident

Police are investigating an explosion which happened in east Belfast on Friday evening.

The alarm was raised at Fraser Pass, close to the Ballymacarett Road, at about 20:15 GMT.

A window at a property was broken and shed in the back garden was also destroyed in the blast.

A 32-year-old man, who is believed to have links to a loyalist paramilitary organisation, was arrested on Saturday morning.

Police said he is being held under the Terrorism Act.

He remains in custody on suspicion of possessing explosives with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury to property.

Image caption It happened on Friday evening at Fraser Pass in east Belfast

'Shock and concern'

Progressive Unionist Party Councillor John Kyle has condemned the attack.

"This is something that hasn't happened in east Belfast for a long time," he said.

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Image caption Forensic officers examined the scene where the incident took place

"This has been met with concern and shock on the part of local residents.

"It is important that the police pursue and find out the circumstances behind this and deal with it appropriately."